Days 29 and 30, Wed and Thurs. Sept. 7-8
Roya to Refuge de Longon to St. Dalmas
Two good but long days in good weather. Not much time to write.
Unfortunately I woke up Wed. morning in Roya to discover that bed bugs had been feasting on me and I was covered with dozens of itchy bites. Not fun, but more important, they didn’t get into our packs or clothes.
Wed. was a super alpine walk, one of the best we’ve had, followed by a night in an isolated refuge. That’s the refuge in the photo. The dorms are in a converted cow barn, although part isn’t converted and still serves as a cow shed. The white dog in the foreground is a pastous, used to guard sheep. There are some wolves in the area.
Thurs. was an odd day; first 1600m down to the valley of la Tinée followed by a 1000m climb in the afternoon sun to St Dalmas. A hot day and the afternoon sun was hard for climbing. Very good evening at a chambres d’hôte just outside St. Dalmas.